PNP Blames Vote-Buying for SE St Mary Loss

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The Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, is attributing its loss in South East St. Mary yesterday to vote-buying by the governing, Jamaica Labour Party.

Deputy General Secretary of the PNP, Basil Waite, says he’s certain that was the major factor behind the defeat.

He says the party was outspent by the JLP on the ground.

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He says there are other factors that contributed to the loss, including some supporters feeling neglected by constituency leaders.

Mr. Waite says the controversy surrounding the nationality of the candidate, Dr. Shane Alexis, was not a major issue.

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The Deputy General Secretary says he accepts that the party has some work to do to rebuild.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.